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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

splenetic

\spli-NET-ik\ , adjective;
1.
irritable; peevish; spiteful.
2.
of the spleen; splenic.
3.
Obsolete. affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce melancholy.
noun:
1.
a splenetic person.
Quotes:
You see, she stoutly maintained the belief that beneath this splenetic and ogreish exterior there beat a heart of gold, though this I imagine was something she had to do, the idea that her father was splenetic and ogreish all the way through being just too grim to contemplate.
-- Patrick McGrath, The Grotesque, 1989
It is true, when the wind is easterly, or the gout gives him a gentle twinge, or he hears of any new successes of the French, he will become a little splenetic; and heaven help the man...that crosses his humor.
-- Washington Irving, Samalagundi, 1807
Origin:
Sharing its root with spleen, splenetic entered English at the turn of the fourteenth century, and comes from the Proto-Indo-European splegh-.
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